ROME — Barbara Sorokas, age 70, of Rome, died Dec. 25, 2013, at Rome Memorial Hospital, after a brief illness.
She was born June 20, 1943, in New York City, the daughter of the late Arthur and Frances Konicka Stubbs. She graduated from Ilion High School in 1961, received degrees from Herkimer Community College and Utica College, and a master's degree from Boston University. Her first husband, Thomas Shepherd, was killed in action in Vietnam. Barbara later married Thomas Sorokas. She worked in several secretarial positions in her younger years and later, for eight years, as a hospice bereavement counselor.
Barbara is survived by her husband, Lt. Col. Thomas P. Sorokas, USAF, retired; five children, Patricia McCallops, of Barberton, Ohio, Robert Sorokas and wife, Laura, of Plains, Pa., Thomas Shepherd and wife, Leila, of Cooksville, Md., Daniel Shepherd and Sara Gordon, of Rockville, Md., and Andrew Sorokas and wife, Lilly, of Mauertown, Va.; 10 grandchildren, Zackary, Samantha, Robert, Aikira, Magnus, Abigail, Laith, Leo, Esher and Mikayla; and a great-grandson, Thomas.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. from the Barry Funeral Home, 807 W. Chestnut St., and a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, Lee Center.
Burial will be in Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.
Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.
Please offer online tributes or light a candle at www.BarryFuneralHome.com.